|FRIDAY EDITION: Last day of dog sitting the
bulldog and the lizard for my son, that was getting old. Hope they
enjoyed Punta Cana as much as I enjoyed the weather here last
WHAT COULD GO WRONG?
By Jon- K1TP
I am still unpacking from the move into my new
QTH and I am still unpacking tools and ham radio stuff I have
collected for forty years. I ran across an old commercial dipole
center product which I have had great success with over the years. I
had snipped off the antenna wire and left it in a pile of stuff to
unsolder and cleanup in the future.
I had soldered two wires to each leg of the
connector, I believe it was a 40 and 80 meter fan dipole using 12
gauge wire to handle the power I was running at the time and the
heavy gauge keeps the antenna up in a wind storm as well I pulled
out my handy Wen 260 watt antique soldering gun….remember them, that
is what we used to use to solder stuff together with before the
wimpy heat intolerant solid state components arrived on the scene
and so I applied the heat to the huge solder joint. After a minute
of no progress and my short attention span, I decided to speed up
the process and unsolder it using a propane torch.
I finally found the torch head and screwed it on
a tank that felt empty and sure enough it was. I screwed the torch
head on the remaining brand new full propane tank I found and I
fired it up and unsoldered the joint in no time. I shut the torch
off and left the tank and torch on my workbench to cool off and went
upstairs to the next project.
My wife went down to the basement to do laundry
and complained of a smell and said she lit a scented candle to get
rid of the odor and I should put the screens on the basement windows
and get the basement aired out soon. I said sure and went down to
the basement about 30 minutes later to check out the "odor". Jeez,
it did smell terrible, like eggs, and it didn't smell like that when
I was working down there on the antenna.
I immediately got a sick feeling in my stomach….it
was propane gas! I had not screwed down the torch head all the
way on the tank and the basement was full of propane from the loose
connection. I looked across the basement and looked at the lit
scented candle sitting in front of the full 275 gallon oil tank. I
thought of the embarrassment I would endure from the news in my
obituary that I had blown the house up with the help of my wife. I
ran over and put out the candle and opened up the basement door and
vented the house.
Well, we didn't blow the house off the
foundation, I will be more careful with propane in the future,
always disconnecting the torch from the tank, and my wife now
knows that propane gas has an egg smell for a good reason!
W5KUB to Stream
Hamvention® 2018 Worldwide
“Amateur Radio Roundtable” Host Tom
Medlin, W5KUB, will once again
activities from the 2018
Xenia, Ohio, during what he calls the
“Hamvention Marathon Webcast” — more
than 40 hours of live video from the
annual show. This will mark Medlin’s
17th year covering the show for those
unable to attend Hamvention.
motto is ‘Bringing ham radio to you,’”
Medlin said. “We want to give everyone
the experience of feeling like they are
part of this ham radio event.” Medlin
said viewers can not only see what’s
going on at Hamvention, but they can
also use the chat room to communicate
directly with the W5KUB group.
“Astronaut Doug Wheelock, KF5BOC, is
scheduled to be with us again for the
5th year as a co-host,” Medlin noted.
“Amateur Radio Roundtable” is webcast
Tuesday evenings (Wednesday at 0100 UTC).
Medlin invites radio amateurs to join
W5KUB Facebook group.
“Horizons” is Next
Mission for Astronaut Alexander Gerst,
European Space Agency Astronaut
Alexander Gerst, KF5ONO, will visit the
International Space Station for the
second time in early June. His “Horizons
mission is aimed at evoking exploration
of the universe, looking far beyond
Earth and broadening knowledge. His
first mission was called “Blue Dot.”
citizen of Germany, Gerst will launch on
June 6 from Kazakhstan with US astronaut
Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian
cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev aboard a
Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft. Gerst will
take over command of the ISS for the
second half of his mission, marking only
the second time that a European
astronaut will assume the top ISS
Gerst first served on the ISS in 2014
as part of the Expedition 41/42 crew
increment. Gerst likely would use the
ISS’s DP0ISS call sign for any Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station
makes contacts in all 29 bands...but
has he checked into 3928?
The ARRL reports Brian
Justin, WA1ZMS, in Virginia,
has completed contacts on all 29 US
amateur radio bands
On April 11, he completed a CW contact
on the new 2200-meter band with K3MF in
Pennsylvania, wrapping up a sweep of
completed contacts on all 29 Amateur
Radio bands. Justin is a bit of an old
school guy — he worked K3MF on CW, and
now he’s awaiting a QSL card. A paper
Justin said he started working his way
through the bands at the high end of the
spectrum, those allocations above 24
GHz. “By the time 2002 came around, I
had managed to have built enough
millimeter-wave gear to complete formal
QSOs, with QSL cards, on all the bands
at the time,” he told ARRL. “On the
bands above 24 GHz, I had to build two
stations and pass one off to K2AD,
W4WWQ, or WA4RTS to be on the other ends
of these VUCCs and QSOs.”
To consider it a valid contact, Justin
said he used the New England Weak Signal
Group (NEWS) guideline of at least a
1-kilometer distance on each band.
“While at first this seems very easy,
very few hams have even had a QSO across
a benchtop on bands like 134 GHz, much
less over 1 kilometer,” he said.
By 2003, Justin had confirmed contacts
(and paper QSLs) on each band from 1.8
MHz to 300 GHz. He submitted his cards
to NEWS, which presented him with a
framed award and plaque — the very first
“Worked All Bands Award.”
Since then, a few ham bands have
changed. For example, the 2.5-millimeter
band shifted from 120 GHz to 122 GHz,
and the 2-millimeter band moved down
from 145 GHz to 134 GHz. “In order to
stay current with the award, I built
gear for those new allocations as well
and made QSOs, VUCCs, and more DX,” he
Read the full ARRL story at
Radio Newsline Report 2112 for Friday,
April 20, 2018...news rehash of the past
TOP STORY: DRAMATIC RADIO RESCUE AS
COLORADO WILDFIRES RAGE
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: On Tuesday April 17,
eight wildfires broke out in Colorado
where the National Weather Service had
declared a Red Flag day, due to
dangerously high winds and low humidity.
Evacuations began quickly during one
fire about 20 miles southeast of
Colorado Springs. Fifty-foot high flames
swept through at 35mph. Ron Cook, KE0ILD
looked outside his home and saw he was
surrounded by heavy black smoke. He
dialed 911 and got a busy signal.
Panicked, he called on a widely used
repeater system asking anyone listening
to call 911 for him. Amanda Alden, K1DDN
and Jeff Carrier, K0JSC, heard him and
placed the call. Knowing this was a fire
with ongoing evacuations she reached out
to El Paso County dispatch to find out
if Ron was in the evacuation zone.
Meanwhile, Jeff told him to remain in
Dispatch said he was safe -- then called
back 30 seconds later saying he should
evacuate immediately. Amanda relayed the
info and Ron prepared to leave. Amanda
heard then of a house just blocks away
that was engulfed in flames. A half-hour
later, Ron reported that he and his
family were safe. It is unknown if his
home survived. At Newsline production
time, several wildfires continued to
burn throughout Colorado. ARES was on
standby, involved in different areas of
assistance. Amanda, K1DDN is a Colorado
ARES Region Emergency Coordinator and
keeps on top of most disasters there.
PRISON FOR BEATING DEATH OF MINNESOTA
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: A judge gave a
28-year-old man life behind bars for the
beating death of a 95-year-old amateur
radio operator. Kent Peterson KC0DGY has
KENT: A Minnesota man has received life
in prison for beating death of a
95-year-old ham while burglarizing his
home. Isaiah Thomas was sentenced April
9 for the killing of Albert Loehlein
(LAY-LINE) WØNHW in his Anoka Minnesota
home on Thanksgiving Weekend in 2016.
Albert, who was also a retired radio
engineer who worked at AM radio station
WCCO. Albert was found beaten to death
with a flashlight and clock in the home
where he and his wife raised their six
children. An amateur radio operator and
World War II veteran, he had lost his
wife Hannah to cancer several years ago.
Thomas, who is 28, pleaded guilty March
6 to the killing. He could be eligible
for parole in 30 years.
(MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE)
SILENT KEY: RADIO HOST ART BELL
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: A giant in
broadcasting and a well-known longtime
amateur has become a Silent Key. Mike
Askins KE5CXP has that report.
MIKE: The unmistakable voice of Art
Bell, whether on amateur HF or on
commercial radio, has gone silent. Art
Bell W6OBB became a Silent Key at his
southern Nevada home on Friday, April
13. Radio listeners knew him for his
late-night syndicated show "Coast to
Coast AM" a radio program he created to
explore crop circles, UFOs and all
things paranormal. Hosting the program
from the home studio of his FM radio
station KNYE in Pahrump, Nevada, he
created a broadcast phenomenon that
soared to popularity in the 1990s when
it was carried by more than 500 radio
stations and gained a following from
such celebrities as William Shatner and
singer Josh Groban and earned him the
title "King of the Weird" from ABC News.
But amateur radio operators who heard
his distinctive voice on the HF bands
also knew Bell as a fellow ham. Art had
been licensed since the age of 13, when
he got his ticket as a Technician class
operator. He was also licensed as a
Class A operator in the Philippines with
the call sign 4F1AB.
Art Bell was inducted into the Nevada
Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in
2006 and the National Radio Hall of Fame
in 2008. Art Bell was 72.
A note on the show's website says:
[quote] "As he begins his journey on the
'Other Side,' we take solace in the hope
that he is now finding out all of the
answers to the mysteries he pursued for
so many nights with all of us." [endquote]
(ABC NEWS, COAST TO COAST WEBSITE, TIME
SILENT KEY: 'WIREMAN' PRESSLEY JONES
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: We report on another
Silent Key, a ham radio operator known
for providing the essentials to the
amateur community at large. We hear from
Kevin Trotman N5PRE.
KEVIN's REPORT: A South Carolina
businessman well-known and respected in
the amateur radio community has become a
Silent Key. Pressley Jones N8UG - also
known as "The Wireman" - died on Tuesday
the 10th of April at the age of 89.
Press was widely known for the business
from which he got his nickname, which
has been serving hams with coax,
connectors, wires and other components
A note on the company website said:
[quote] "We are thankful for his
dedication and contributions to the
Amateur Radio community for over 45
years. He was a great teacher and
speaker with his one-of-a kind approach
to communications, and a down-to-earth
Rest in Peace.
A FIRST-CLASS IDEA FOR CW
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: Get your straight
keys, bugs or paddles out - Jeremy Boot
G4NJH explains why:
JEREMY: What's more challenging than
making it to the age of 80 or copying
code at a respectable rate? Combining
the two activities! That's what the
First Class CW Operators Club, or the
FOC, will be doing throughout the month
of May to mark its 80th anniversary. Its
global membership will take to the bands
using CW and special call signs which
incorporate the number "80."
The club is calling it the 80th
Anniversary On-Air Challenge and
participants are competing for the
highest ranking possible on the
leaderboard in order to qualify for
awards at Gold, Silver or Bronze Levels.
The club recommends locating other club
members by using the DJ1YFK skimmer or
the G7VJR FOC Cluster. For more details,
visit the website at g4foc dot org
(FIRST CLASS CW OPERATORS CLUB)
YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS STILL
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: Another reminder:
Don't wait too long to send in your
nominations for this year's Bill
Pasternak Memorial Young Ham of the Year
Award. We are accepting nominations
through May 31 and it's coming up fast.
Candidates must be 18 or younger and be
a resident of the United States, its
possessions or any Canadian province.
Application forms are available on our
website arnewsline.org under the "YHOTY"
MILITARY TRIBUTE TO AUSTRALIA'S VINTAGE
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: Hams in Australia are
getting ready to honor military veterans
- especially the radios that served so
well. Here's Graham Kemp VK4BB.
GRAHAM: A group of hams here in
Australia has decided it's time to put a
very select group of military veterans
back into service - their vintage
radios, many of which served during
World War II right up through the
Vietnam War. From the 28th to the 29th
of April you can hear these operators
throughout the HF bands during the
inaugural Australian Military Radio
Operators Weekend. Their outputs range
from QRP to 400 watts PEP, their modes
range from CW to AM and even SSB. So be
listening for the call "CQ Military
Radio Weekend" or if you happen to have
one of these fine vintage vets in your
possession, answer the call of duty and
get on the air.
(WIA, NIC VK7BEE)
JAPAN LADIES RADIO SOCIETY ENDS
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: YLs in Japan have
finished a year of celebrations and
Jason Daniels VK2LAW has the details.
JASON: Special Event station 8N60JLRS is
off the air. The Japan Ladies Radio
Society has concluded its 60th
anniversary activation which began last
year with the special event callsign
assigned to the club. Despite on-again,
off-again band conditions, club members
could be heard for 12 months calling CQ
from Hakkaido in the north to Okinawa in
the south. According to club chairperson
Yukiko Maki 7K4TKB, the year's
operations ended with more than 20,000
QSOs logged which she said was more than
expected. She told Amateur Radio
Newsline in an email that the special
event station accomplished so much more
than that. She wrote: [quote] "This
excitement led to the restart for those
who had stopped ham radio activities.
Some members purchased the
state-of-the-art transceivers, repaired
their antennas, and are getting ready
for their renewed enjoyment." [endquote]
Now THAT is a happy anniversary indeed.
(JAPAN LADIES RADIO SOCIETY)
WRTC 2018 HAS PLANS FOR NON-COMPETITORS
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: The time is edging
closer for the World Radio Team
Championships in Germany -- and not just
for competitors, as we hear from Ed
ED'S REPORT: Tours and events at the
World radio team championships.
WRTC 2018 is not just a radio contest.
It also provides competitors and their
families the opportunity to gather and
visit interesting and educational places
around the Wittenberg region.
The WRTC organisers are very aware of
their responsibility to provide
interesting activities for the
non-competing guests who are coming to
support friends and family on the
It's not just the visitors and families
who get to go sightseeing though. The
committee members have made time in the
seven day schedule to allow competitors
also to join trips to visit Leipzig on
Thursday and to Berlin on Monday. During
the times that the teams are busy
(Friday through Sunday) the
non-contesters are well taken care of
with tours to Dresden and the beautiful,
calm Worlitzer country Park.
All tours use first class buses with
English speaking and optionally Russian
speaking tourist guides.
All attending WRTC can also join walking
tours in Wittenberg around which the
WRTC is based. This historical town in
the heart of Europe has guided tours
covering the history of Martin Luther
and showing the place where Wilhelm
Weber was born. Our hobby owes much to
Weber who invented wire-based telegraphy
with Carl Friedrich Gauss in 1833.
Without their work there would be no CW
in our hobby today.
If there's enough interest, there's also
talk of a "Beer DX-pedition" we're told
this would be a scientific approach to
beer drinking with a visit to the
historical brewery in Wittenberg.
Visitors to WRTC 2018 in Germany can
book tours and tickets via
As well as the tours, there are a
limited number of tickets for the WRTC
opening (Thursday) and closing (Monday)
INDIANA GETS READY TO QSO PARTY HEARTY
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: It's a party - and
Indiana amateurs are hosting. Bring your
best signal and your best on-air
manners. Here's Neil Rapp WB9VPG.
NEIL: Spring time in Indiana means it's
time to start planning for the Indiana
QSO Party. The Hoosier DX and Contest
Club sponsors the event, and offers an
award for working all 92 Indiana
counties. But wait, there's more! Not
only is the Indiana QSO Party on May
5th, but there's also three other QSO
Parties that day! One of the committee
members, Mark Musick, WB9CIF, explains.
MARK: There's always a lot of excitement
about the first Saturday in May because
there's four QSO parties going on
simultaneously, and so there's a lot of
activity. The four QSO parties are: the
Indiana QSO Party, the New England QSO
Party which is all six of the New
England states, the Delaware QSO Party,
and the 7QP QSO Party. What the clubs
out west have done is all eight states
in the seventh call district have got
fixed and mobile stations on so they are
trying to activate all the counties in
all eight of those states. And all the
major contest logging software people
have set up their software so that you
don't really have to be participating,
say, in the New England QSO Party. You
just work people in all four. And, all
four QSO parties have worked together
here so that you submit your log to each
one of them, and they score their QSO
party from your log individually.
NEIL: For the county hunters, this is a
great chance to finish off your Indiana
MARK: We started in '02, and all but two
or three years we've gotten all 92
counties on the air at some time during
the contest period.
WORLD OF DX
In the world of DX be listening for Jan,
PA4JJ operating holiday style as
9A/PA4JJ from mainland Croatia between
the 27th of April and the 8th of June.
Expect him to operate mainly FT8 on
40-10 metres. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's
OQRS or via home call.
Sergei, R4WAA is active from Nepal as
9N7WA through the 27th of April. Listen
for him operating CW and digital modes
on the HF bands. QSL via his home call.
Listen for Tak, JR1LZK/6 and Mitsu,
JE1HXZ/6 on 80 through 6 meters from
Kita Daito Island from the 27th of April
to the 7th of May. They will operate CW,
SSB, RTTY and FT8. QSL via home calls
(direct or bureau), Club Log and LoTW.
(THE DAILY DX, OHIO PENN DX)
KICKER: HAM RADIO GETS PRIME-TIME TV
ROLE, SORT OF
CHRISTIAN/ANCHOR: Finally, we ask:
What's happening here? Amateur radio's
in the movies and now amateur radio's on
one more TV show. We'll let Don Wilbanks
DON: As anyone who's ever been in a ham
shack knows, you don't need to be able
to see something to expect great things
from it. Take radiowaves, for instance.
You can't see them but on a good day
with good band conditions they can
deliver the world.
So what's the deal with Dan Conner? The
character on the American TV series
"Roseanne" is hiding something from his
family and we the audience can't see it
either. On the April 17 episode of
"Roseanne," the recently revived
situation comedy on the ABC Network,
Rosanne's husband Dan has some kind of
amateur radio rig tucked away in the
garage that he's fixing. (show audio:
It's like that ham radio Dad tinkers
with in the garage. If it was gonna work
it would've worked by now. Dad just got
that radio working. He's got a friend in
Duluth that's 102.") Could Dan,
portrayed by actor John Goodman,
secretly have gotten his ticket? Is he
carrying the legacy of the character
Mike Baxter from TV's "Last Man
Standing"? That popular show was
cancelled on the same network not long
ago. Well, we didn't see Dan's rig in
this recent episode but like radio
waves, Santa and The Tooth Fairy, that
doesn't mean we can't believe in it.
Perhaps the reality of one more ham
radio operator on TV is out there just
below the noise floor....so we'll keep
tuning in, listening and watching.
As anyone who's ever been in a ham shack
knows, you don't need to be able to see
something to expect great things from
it. Take radiowaves, for instance. You
can't see them but on a good day with
good band conditions they can deliver
THURSDAY EDITION: Snow and sleet and cold,
spring? No yard work today....Missing
sub from WW2.....
Mignon Clyburn Stepping Down
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is
leaving the Commission. She announced at
the FCC’s April 17 meeting that it would
be her last as a commissioner. She plans
to leave before the Commission’s next
scheduled meeting on May 10. Following
her 2013 appointment by President Barack
Obama, Clyburn served as acting FCC
chair, the first woman to head the
agency. A Democrat, she is currently
serving a second term on the Commission.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai congratulated
Clyburn on “her distinguished tenure at
the FCC,” calling her “a tremendous
leader and a committed public servant.”
The other Democrat on the FCC,
Jessica Rosenworcel, said, “Commissioner
Clyburn is a dynamo. She represents the
best of public service. I am proud to
call her both a colleague and a friend.”
The majority of the five-member
Commission represents the political
party of the president.
According to POLITICO,
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has
already recommended to the White House
Geoffrey Starks, an assistant chief in
the FCC Enforcement Bureau, to nominate
for Clyburn’s seat.
Ham radio license changes in
Norway's communications regulator Nkom is consulting on changes to
the amateur radio regulations
Among the planned changes is allowing 1 kW output at VHF/UHF for EME
or Meteor Scatter operation. The previous limit for the VHF/UHF
bands had been 100 or 300 watts.
It is also proposed to add maximum allowed power for transmissions
from model aircraft, remote controlled helicopters or drones of 10
mW eirp in 2300-2450 MHz band and 25 mW eirp in the 5650-5670 MHz
WEDNESDAY EDITION: What was that picture of yesterday?
Survey says: Joe- refusing anesthesia during his operation a few
years ago...actually, a caveman robotic creature featured in the
1964 Worlds Fair in NY....The new Kenwood Contest machine aimed
directly at the new Icom 7610......The new ARRL proposed enhanced
no-code, not know shit about anything Tech License
Band Chart. The ARRL's next step will step will be a
"Tech in a box" license, it will come free with any
purchase of any HF radio- just watch!....First camping trip next
Tuesday - Thursday on the Kancamagus Highway at the Hancock
site. I booked a room at the Kancamagus Lodge and will bring my
sleeping bag and will enjoy some glamping. Joe K1JEK sponsored
the trip and I suspect a few others will show up...RIP Barbara Bush
and Night Court's Harry Anderson...Nice job landing that wounded
Boeing 737 the other day, cool ass woman pilot....
Radio pirate sentenced to 21
Jonathan Nally, writing in criticalcomms.com says a man who
broadcast spurious and potentially harmful calls on Victoria Police
radio channels has been sentenced to 21 months’ jail.
It's said Vaughan William George, 42, broadcast illegal calls on
occasions between January and October 2017. In one transmission, he
attempted to call off a police chase following an armed robbery.
The 42 year old was sentenced in the Latrobe Valley Magistrates
on numerous charges, including illegally operating a radio
transmitter, operating a transmitter to interfere with Victoria
telecommunications, and drug and car theft offences.
Amateur radio: A hobby, social
Telangana Today reports every year, April 18 becomes a
rallying point for amateur radio operators worldwide, and even a few
from India, who take to the airwaves to celebrate World
Amateur Radio Day
The newspaper says:
It was on this day in 1925 when amateur radio experimenters, also
known as ham radio operators, met in Paris to form International
Amateur Radio Union (IARU) to further the cause of amateur radio.
Since then, amateur radio has become one of the most exciting and
popular hobbies across the world with over 3 million hams worldwide.
The United States and Japan have more than a third of the total ham
population in the world while in India there are just 25,000 hams
out of which around 2,000 are active, which does not augur well,
when we consider our achievements in developing space technology.
Every country has an apex body of hams which is recognised by the
Telecom authority of that country. Unfortunately the apex body of
amateur radio in India is still not recognised. In the US, the ham
exams are conducted by ARRL, a body of radio hams who volunteer as
examiners and the licences are given by the Federal Communications
India still has to go a long way to have that kind of framework to
issue ham operating licences. One of the greatest allures of amateur
radio is that when the traditional modes of communication fail, the
hams come to the rescue. Radio amateurs have played a crucial role
in providing communication during earthquakes, floods and other
Read the full story at
TUESDAY EDITION: WOW, the sun is out....nice to see a lady
from the USA won the marathon for a change...Harry
Anderson, the amiable actor who presided over the NBC comedy “Night
Court” for nine seasons, has died at his home in Asheville,
N.C., according to a local media report. He was 65.....
Survey says...Joe- refusing anesthesia durig the
operation a few years ago...actually, a caveman robotic creature
the 1964 Worlds Fair in NY,,,,
WSJT author K1JT at RSGB AGM
The RSGB have announced that Joe Taylor K1JT will be talking about
WSJT at the Society's AGM in Birmingham on Saturday, April 21
Joe is a US astrophysicist, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate and
author of WSJT software. He'll give a short update on WSJT in
RSGB AGM info
K6KPH will be active for
International Marconi Day
K6KPH, the amateur station of the Maritime Radio Historical Society
(MRHS), will be active for International Marconi Day (IMD) 2018 to
help celebrate the birthday of the Great Man.
IMD is organized by the Cornish Amateur Radio Club each year on the
weekend closest to Marconi's birthday of 25 April 1874. This year
the event will be held on 21 April UTC.
Since K6KPH transmits from the original Marconi site that went into
service in 1914, it is a registered IMD station. The Cornish Amateur
Radio Club will issue an award to stations that contact 15
officially registered IMD stations like K6KPH.
Date & Time -
K6KPH will be in operation Saturday 21 April beginning at 0000 UTC (
5:00 pm Friday 20 April PDT ). Operations will continue for several
hours until our operators run out of steam. See below if you would
like to be a K6KPH operator for this event!
K6KPH will guard these frequencies:
Calling Procedure -
Since we will have KPH on the air as well (see below), the operators
will be very busy and may not be able to call CQ on each amateur
channel. But they will be scanning all the channels. So the best bet
is to use commercial procedure when calling K6KPH:
Continue to call on your chosen frequency until the K6KPH operator
responds with DE. Then respond with your call sign.
The station can be reached by phone on +1 415-669-9646 if you want
to call in a report or arrange a special listening watch. The phone
will be answered only when the station is on the air.
Be a K6KPH Operator -
If you would like to be a K6KPH operator for IMD we would welcome
your help. Bring your key and 'phones or use ours (but be advised
that some modern electronic keys may not work with the K6KPH keying
system so bugs and straight keys are encouraged). Show up early so
we can familiarize you with the K6KPH equipment and procedures.
You'll be using fixed frequency 1.5kW commercial transmitters 20
miles from the receive/control site so operations are a little
different from usual amateur practice! For more information please
send an email to email@example.com
KPH Will Be On The Air -
KPH will be transmitting on these frequencies and will of course be
listening for calls from ships on 500kc and ITU channel 3 HF.
VP6D Ducie Island 2018
We are now in the implementation phase of the project; equipment is
being consolidated in Fremont, California. Customs brokers in the
USA and New Zealand have been selected, and the New Zealand
Government issued us an import / export license to ship the
equipment to and from the country.
Manufacturers and distributors of amateur radio equipment are
critical to the success of DX-peditions to rare entities. We are
happy to have received significant support from DX-Engineering. They
have furnished coax cable, guy ropes, a 40 meter four square system,
coax connectors, ground anchors and other accessories.
DX-Engineering has been a long time supporter of our projects and
many other DX-peditions to rare entities; we very much appreciate
their continued commitment to the hobby.
Joining our list of corporate sponsors is SteppIR Communications
We will add to our antenna lineup two 2 element Yagi antennas. These
antennas proved to be indispensible during our TX3X Chesterfield
Island project; we’re happy to have them for VP6D and appreciate
SteppIR’s ongoing support.
A Garmin InReach Satellite Communicator will be used during the DX-
pedition. You will be able to follow our journey on the web, details
to be announced. This handheld unit also provides 2 way SMS
messaging similar to that of a traditional mobile phone, and one way
messaging to Twitter and Facebook. We will use this technology to
communicate with family, the pilot team and to update you via social
media, as required. We’ll also have an Inmarsat BGAN terminal for
log uploads and e-mail with the pilot team.
Our budget for this project is ~$175,000(USD). Our current
fundraising campaign is underway; you may see the progress at our
website. We appreciate the donations and equipment support we’ve
already received. With the final payment for the Braveheart due on
September 1st, the next most expensive line item is equipment
shipping budgeted at $20,000. Please remember, we have to pay these
expenses whether or not you make a contact.
We need your help to keep our DX-pedition team’s investment at a
reasonable level. You may help by donating at: vp6d.com
Members of the VP6D team will be attending the International DX
Convention, Visalia, California April 20 – 22, 2018. We hope to meet
many old friends, and make new ones at the convention.
Team Ducie – 2018
PATRIOTS DAY EDITION: The New England haters must be
fuming today. The famous Boston Marathon today, the playoff wins by
the Bruins and Celtics, the 13-2 start by the Red Sox....and the NE
Patriots first workout today. Other that the shit weather here, its
great to live in New England!..They say bad things happen in
three's: the The Wireman, Art Bell, and now the Gunny....
U.S. Marine Corps- Ronald Lee Ermey
In 1961, at age 17, Ermey enlisted in the United States Marine
Corps and went through recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit
Depot San Diego in San Diego, California. For his first few years,
he served in the aviation support field before becoming a drill
instructor in India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, at
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, where he was assigned from
1965 to 1967.
Ermey then served in Marine Wing Support Group 17 at Marine Corps
Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan. In 1968, he was ordered to
Vietnam with MWSG-17, and spent 14 months in country. The remainder
of his service was on Okinawa where he was advanced to staff
sergeant (E-6). He was medically discharged in 1972 because of
several injuries incurred during his service. On May 17, 2002, he
received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant (E-7) by the
Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James L. Jones.
Ermey was cast in his first film while attending the University of
Manila in the Philippines, using his G.I. Bill benefits. He played a
First Air Cavalry chopper pilot in Apocalypse Now, doubling as a
technical advisor to director Francis Ford Coppola. Ermey then was
cast as a Marine drill instructor in Sidney Furie's The Boys In
Company C. For the next few years, Ermey played a series of minor
film roles until 1987, when he was cast as drill instructor Gunnery
Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket.
Initially, he was intended to be only the technical advisor. Kubrick
changed his mind after Ermey put together an instructional tape, in
which he went on an extended tirade towards several extras,
convincing Kubrick he was the right man for the role. Seeking
authenticity for the film, Kubrick allowed Ermey to write or edit
his own dialogue and improvise on the set, a notable rarity in a
Kubrick film. Kubrick later indicated that Ermey was an excellent
performer, often needing just two or three takes per scene, also
unusual for a Kubrick film.
Ermey's performance won critical raves and he was nominated for a
Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actor. He later played a drill
instructor in the pilot episode of Space: Above and Beyond and the
ghost of a drill instructor in the film The Frighteners, both
similar to his character in Full Metal Jacket.
Ermey subsequently appeared in about 60 films, including Purple
Hearts, Mississippi Burning, The Siege of Firebase Gloria, Dead Man
Walking, Se7en, Fletch Lives, Leaving Las Vegas, Prefontaine, Saving
Silverman, On Deadly Ground, Sommersby, Life, Man of the House, Toy
Soldiers, and The Salton Sea, as well as the remake of Willard, and
as an evil sadist in two The Texas Chainsaw Massacre films.
Ermey also lent his voice to The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy,
Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and Toy Story 3, as well as Roughnecks and
X-Men 3. He usually appears in a commanding military role, for shows
such as Kim Possible, The Simpsons, Family Guy, SpongeBob
SquarePants, Miami Vice, House, Scrubs, My Life as a Teenage Robot,
and Invader Zim, in addition to hosting the documentary series Mail
Call and Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey.
On December 14, 1994, Ermey played a Sheriff in Tales from the
Crypt, season six, episode nine, "Staired In Horror." He also played
the role of Reverend Patrick Findley, a minister, on The X-Files
season 3, episode 11 "Revelations". On Mail Call, Ermey
discussed weaponry, tactical matters, and military history. Mail
Call's subject matter was dictated by viewer emails; one episode
focused on an M1 Abrams tank, while others involved World War II
secrets, and others focused on elements of medieval warfare. The set
consisted of a military tent, other military gear and weapons, and a
Ermey traveled to Kuwait in June 2003 during the first phase of
Operation Iraqi Freedom to film mail distribution by the Defense
Department to service personnel for an episode of Mail Call.
According to a 2005 episode of Mail Call filmed at Whiteman Air
Force Base, he was the 341st person to fly in the B-2 stealth
bomber. He also guest-starred in the episode "Second Chance" of
Ermey also made guest appearances on the TV drama House, playing the
role of Dr. Gregory House's father, who was a decorated naval
aviator while serving in the Marine Corps ("Birthmarks", "Daddy's
Boy"), and the sitcom Scrubs, playing the Janitor's father. He has
also voiced Wildcat in several episodes of Batman: The Brave and the
Bold. In an episode of The Simpsons entitled "Sideshow Bob's Last
Gleaming", Ermey voiced Colonel Leslie "Hap" Hapablap.
In the episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, "Inmates of Summer", he
voiced an irate warden of a maximum-security island prison who
demoralized the inmates whenever he could. In the episode of The
Angry Beavers, "Fancy Prance", he voiced the Lipizzaner stallions'
instructor, Drill Sergeant Goonther.
In 2009, Ermey hosted a second History Channel show entitled Lock N'
Load with R. Lee Ermey, which discussed the history of various
weapons used by militaries of today.
In late 2010, Ermey starred in a GEICO commercial as a
drill-instructor-turned-therapist who insults a client, in a parody
of some of his iconic characters. Ermey also was featured each week
on ESPN's College GameDay. His role was to insult the experts'
incorrect picks from the previous week. In that same year, Ermey
appeared in the Law and Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Trophy"
as a paroled sex offender.
In 2011, Ermey starred as a drill instructor on the X-Play special
on Bulletstorm. In the "Family Guy" episode "Grumpy Old Man", Ermey
guest-starred, again as a drill instructor.
Ermey served as host of GunnyTime, a program that debuted on Outdoor
Channel in 2015.
In 1993, Ermey played Lyle The Handyman in the full-motion video
game Mega-CD/Sega CD game Double Switch, a game also starring Corey
Haim and Deborah Harry.
Ermey lent his voice to several video games, including Fallout
Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel (as General Barnaky) and Crash
Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (as Wa-Wa). He also made a cameo in
Real War: Air, Land, Sea, a retail real-time strategy computer game
based on the official Joint Chiefs of Staff training game. In 2014,
he did voice-over work for Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Several characters have made references to Ermey and the character
of Hartman. In the game Fallout 3, a recruitable companion is named
Sergeant RL-3, a modified military robot with a personality very
similar to Ermey (the companion's name is a reference to Ermey's
initials wherein the 3 is leetspeak for the letter E). In the World
of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion is a character named "Lieutenant
Emry" that speaks some of Ermey's signature lines from Full Metal
Jacket. In Half-Life: Opposing Force, the drill sergeant from the
initial boot camp stage had dialogue and mannerisms very similar to
Ermey's character in Full Metal Jacket.
Ermey was an official spokesman for Black Book (National Auto
Research), Glock firearms, TRU-SPEC apparel, Tupperware, Victory
Motorcycles, Hoover, SOG Specialty Knives, WD-40, Young Marines, and
appeared in commercials for Coors Light, Dick's Sporting Goods,
GEICO, and pistachio nuts. He provided the introduction for the
Professional Bull Riders. He can be seen giving a service
announcement for Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, demanding that viewers be
quiet during the film He was a board member for the National Rifle
Revised Canadian Table of
Frequency Allocations now includes additional 15 kHz for 60 Metre
In August 2017, the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic
Development Canada (ISED) issued “Proposed Revisions to the Canadian
Table of Frequency Allocations”. These proposed changes followed
decisions made at the World Radiocommunications Conference in 2015
(WRC-15) that included a 15 kHz-wide allocation for the Amateur
Service in the 60 metre band.
The proposed revisions to the Table would retain the original five 5
MHz spot frequencies with 100 watts of effective radiated power, but
restrict the new 15 kHz allocation to only 15 watts (eirp), the
agreement at WRC-15 that accommodated concerns of a few countries
over possible interference to their domestic communications.
Decisions these days at World Radio Conferences require unanimous
consent of all member nations.
Radio Amateurs of Canada noted in its response to the proposed
changes that there had been no reports of interference from Amateur
Radio operations on the existing five 60m spot frequencies following
their use in Canada since 2014 and in the USA for even longer.
Further, the rationale for allocating the spot frequencies had been
based on the value of 60m for emergency communications and the low
power limit adopted at the WRC would seriously limit this use.
Other responses from the Radio Advisory Board of Canada (of which
RAC is a member organization), the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club,
the Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland and several individual Radio
Amateurs also recommended 100 watts.
The new allocation will be more effective and manageable for
domestic SSB communications and consistent with the existing use of
the band on the five spot frequencies now enjoyed by Canadian
Amateurs. The responses can be read at:
We are happy to report that in their release of the Revised Table of
Frequency Allocations (http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf10759.html)
issued on April 13, 2018, ISED has addressed the concerns of the
Canadian Amateur Radio community. The Revised Table now allocates
the band 5351. kHz5 - 5366.5 kHz (which overlaps one of the previous
60m spot frequencies) and the four previously allocated spot
frequencies (5332, 5348, 5373 and 5405 kHz). The conditions for the
use of the band and spot frequencies remain the same as those
governing the spot frequencies previously: maximum effective
radiated power of 100 watts PEP, 2.8 kHz emission bandwidth and
permitted modes telephony, data, RTTY and CW. The Table notes that
the Amateur 60m allocations are not in accordance with international
frequency allocations and that Canadian Amateur operations shall not
cause interference to fixed or mobile operations in Canada or other
countries. As in the previous allocation of the spot frequencies,
the Table notes that if interference occurs the Amateur Service may
be required to cease operations. This is a standard condition of
domestic allocations and as noted previously by RAC has not occurred
during operation on the previously allocated and authorized spot
New England Hams
you might run across on 39xx
Jon....Editor of As The World
HRO CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
going, Harley riding kind of
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can
be found at most ham flea market
...Cobra Antenna builder..
Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who
cooks on the side at
of the Hosstrader's original
organizers, 75 meter regular,
Roger....75 meter regular, easy
going guy, loves to split
cordwood and hunt...
Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
Barry- the picture says it all,
he loves food!
Bob....the Mud Duck from the
Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of
Matthew...75 meter regular...our
token liberal Democrat out of VT
meter Regular......residing on
the Cape of Cod, flying planes
and playing radio
Meter Regular....teaches the
future of mankind, it's scary!
of Davis-RF....my best friend
from high school
going ham found at all the
Linux....fine amateur radio op
....wealth of experience...
talented ham, loves his
politics, has designed gear for
W1KQ- Jim- Retired
Controller...told quite a few
pilots where to go!
The 3936 master plumber and
Computer Tech of 3936...multi
talented kidney stone passing
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod,
construction company/ice cream
shop, hard working man....
Cape Cod, lots of experience in
all areas, once was a Jacques
Cousteus body guard....
Bob, easy going, kind of
like Mr. Rogers until politics
are brought up then watch out...
Bill- Used to work for a bottled
gas company-we think he has been
around nitrous oxide to long .
Graham...one of the good 14313
guys back in the day...RIP...
going, computer parts selling,
New England Ham..
Low key gent can be found on
many of the 75 meter
Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts
Jack....3936 Wheeling and
Dealing......keeping the boys on
Graham...one of the good 14313
guys back in the day...RIP...
going, computer parts selling,
New England Ham..
Low key gent can be found on
many of the 75 meter
Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts
Jack....3936 Wheeling and
Dealing......keeping the boys on
regular, wealth of electronic
Mack....DXCC Master, worked them
all!.. 3864 regular for many
Hu....SK at 92... 3864
regular for many years...
Dave....Loves to fly
Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10",
of the 3864 group
Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned
every radio ever built!
Dan....far from easy going cw
and ssb op on 14275/313
Loved ham radio....